I always wonder, when Congress is making much ado about nothing, i.e. the Ted Cruz October Debacle, how the government is really putting it to the People. The Trans Pacific Partnership is a horrifying back room deal. We must do everything possible to stop it. People all over the world are opposed to this stinking exploitive deception that advances the rich and further subjugates the poor.
Trans Pacific Partnership in a nutshell from myfiredoglake.com–
A September, 2012 Alternet piece describes how huge multinational corporations like Cargill, Pfizer, Nike and WalMart are conspiring to codify “a wish list of the 1%—a worldwide corporate power grab of enormous proportions” through the TPP.
“The TPP is called a ‘trade agreement,’ but in actuality it is a long-dreamed-of template for implementing a binding system of global corporate governance as bold as anything the world’s wealthiest elite has attempted before. Of the 26 chapters under negotiation, only a few have to do directly with trade. The other chapters enshrine new rights and privileges for major corporations while weakening the power of nation states to oppose them. The TPP essentially proposes to establish a parallel system of justice where companies can sue countries in a tribunal of judges composed of unaccountable international trade lawyers with little to no process for appeal.”
Lots of people will be adversely affected by TPP. Larry Cohen of the Communications Workers of America illustrates some of the many ways all of us will lose in this deal.
He writes on Huff Post The Blog–
“Foreign firms would be given equal access to bidding on U.S. federal government contracts, and private corporations from other countries would be able to challenge U.S. laws and regulations, including those dealing with telecom, health and the environment, if they think our laws limit their “expected future profits.””
Andrea Bower PhD candidate at the University of Auckland also writes on Huff Post The Blog– “At the international level, through the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) these same chemical corporations are seeking to lock us in to arrangements that guarantee their profit interests will not be impeded by pesky democratic governments protecting people’s health or other common interests. The TPP is a highly secretive international agreementbeing negotiated under the pretext of “trade” between twelve Asian and Pacific Rim countries, including the United States. If passed, it will amount to perhaps the biggest corporate power-grab in history, putting the rights of corporations above those of elected governments and sovereign nations.”